Recent Posts by Lindsay Moran

On feeling valued

I’ve been working in Melbourne for almost three years and I’ve recently starting looking into changing my job after moving house. As a female (and currently pregnant) GP, the response has been upliftingly positive and I feel very much in demand. When I qualified as a GP in the UK in 2010 and first came…
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The brighter side of brexit

So after the shockwaves of Brexit have rippled around the world, how has this affected Australia? With only mild curiosity from those on the ground really. A few patients mentioned it in passing, but this was nothing compared to the soapbox tirades I heard in the pubs during my recent UK holiday. Interestingly I found…
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Back-to-front and upside down – GP crisis oz-style

For years now, UK general practice has borne the brunt of government budget cuts and is facing a crisis. Many GPs, like myself, have chosen to leave the UK and move to Australia, for better weather and better working conditions. But it’s not all roses here. Recently, the Australian government announced that it is going…
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The essence of medicine

I recently worked back in the UK for 6 months on a ‘reverse sabbatical’ from Australia. A few things had changed since I left in 2013 which made me quite anxious, and added a few challenges to my locuming job. The most notable change on locuming back in the UK was that far more happens…
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Is it the same working in Australia as the UK?

The GP role across Australia is vastly different depending on where you live.  In urban area’s it’s fairly similar to the UK.  For rural doctor’s however, the job is a totally different animal.  These doctors are pretty amazing with their skills and are leaps and bounds more skilled in procedures beyond what the average UK…
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Stay on the Performer’s List!

For anyone who wants to leave the UK for a short period (1-2 years), you may be wondering whether or not to come off the performers list. My advice based on personal experience? - STAY ON THE PERFORMER’S LIST!! Sorry if that last little bit of advice seemed a bit shouty with capital letters, but…
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What’s general practice like in Australia?

After 18 months of working in Australia I can honestly say it’s been a refreshing change. During my day I see patients, and that’s it really. If I need more time, then I book longer appointments. If I want breaks, I build them into my day. If I want to finish early on a particular…
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The alternative medicine practitioners

One of frustrating things about being a GP in Australia is dealing with the general public's love affair for alternative medicine. Don’t get me wrong, I think it's great when our patients take a proactive interest in their health and wellbeing, it's just that I wish they aligned their treatments with medical evidence, rather than…
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My Australian dilemma

The decision to move to Australia is a big one, and whether impulsive or meticulously planned, the early part is exciting. You move to a new country on other side of the world with its own rich and diverse culture, where the pace of life slows down to laid back relaxation and you get a…
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If only the chocolate was as good as the beaches

In general, I like how relaxed it is here. Aussies tend to prefer any word that they can abbreviate in preference to the normal language – g’day, arvo, barbie, journo, sickie etc. The dress code, considering 80% of the people live near a hot coastal zone, is generally shorts and thongs (that’s a flip flop…
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Annual bloods

Where I work (just on the outskirts of Melbourne in a coastal town) people are quite health conscious. It’s fairly routine to get the fit and healthy 20-something-year-olds coming in and asking for their annual routine bloods. “What do you mean by annual bloods?” I ask. “Well you know, everything. Just to check. Like my…
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